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Huge shopping spree today...

well i did it....i finally cleaned out my closet....the women's 20s, 18s, 16s and 14s i have been wearing or should i say swimming in have officially been replaced with..........drumroll please.............12s and 14s from ALL REGULAR STORES.........no women's departments shopped in today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i shopped at ny&company, ann taylor loft, macy's, jcpenneys and kohls today...

i bought 3 pair of cotton capris, 3 pair of denim capris, 4 skorts (2denim, 1 khaki, 1 RED), 2 pairs of cotton dress shorts, 7 short sleeve size L tshirts (dressier), a size 16 tankini bather and a L coverup, 3 pairs of L workout pants, 4 new XL (i like them roomier) workout tshirts....i tried on 3 very pretty dresses but just didnt feel perfect in them so i passed for now...

BUT the best part of my entire day besides my new full closet is that i now KNOW that no matter what i need clothes for: a dressy function, work, play, workout, casual - i can walk into ANY STORE on ANY CORNER and buy something....there will be a size for me....i no longer have to go to the women's department or special plus size stores....i have not been able to do this since middle school??? i called my mom tonight and asked her what size i was in high school and she said, 18-20???? i wasnt really sure and then i remembered the jeans i have from fashion bug still that i was just recently able to get into that are 20s...the are very very very straight legged with nooooo give/room so they might actually be smaller than a 20 but the label says 20 on it.....i have never in all my memory been a 12 or a 14????? i absolutely feel great....

here a few pics of my closet LOL...i'll add some more later of me in some of the outfits as i put them on...i'll take pics in the mirror each morning until i cycle thru the new loot.....

thanks for sharing with me the end of my amazing day.....you all have been a HUGE part of my most recent success and i will be eternally grateful for all the spectacular support i receive from you guys on a weekly, daily sometimes hourly basis....you guys are DA BOMB!!!!

empty space my old sh*t took up...


pile for good will with the new stuff on top for my friend helen....


new stuff on the bed ready to be hung up....


new stuff in the closet....

Update on Goals and Successes....

i had decided a little while back to change my monthly goals to more spreadout goals so i didnt have to change the goal weights so often if i missed the goal...

well this month's goal original goal was 188 by 3/12 and the revised larger picture goal was 189 by 3/17....i was 187.4 on 3/17 so YEAH ME, i made that goal....

i have passed the "smallest" weight that everyone in my life has every seen me at except my mom and maybe misc. family, but not my friends, my coworkers, my husband, my in laws, my children.....187.4 is the smallest i have been since before i moved to florida in 1996....

sooooo anyway, i'm moving onto april, may, june and into july for my next goal of 173 by July 4th...When i reach my July goal weight, i will also officially be considered JUST OVERWEIGHT, no longer OBESE according to the bmi calculator...

After 4th of July's goal is my birthday goal on 10/13/11 - i will be 39 and my goal is to be 157lbs....weighing in the 150s??? say what?? not me!! oh yes you!!!! i WILL be in the 150s by my birthday this year....i havent be in the 150s since high school....

And then pretty much it's just smooth sailing onto my final goal of maintaining between 145 and 155 for the REST OF MY FREAKING LIFE....

How amazing is it going to be to start 2012 sooooo close to how i'm going to be living the rest of my life??? Eating right, working out, being fit and healthy.....

This i have pledged to myself and i will not let myself down....i am too important to let this go....

This week's menu 3/14-3/20

i always add fruit, yogurt and bread to the kid's plates because i know that they will at least eat that...we are no longer doing seperate meals...you eat what we make or you dont eat LOL....i will also add a frozen steamed bag of veggies to most meals typically corn, brocolli or green beans.....

Monday – Ground Beef & Potato Casserole

http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=526458

Tuesday – Caribbean Chix & mashed potatoes

(I am using a whole cut up chix instead of the drummettes)

Prep Time:10 min
Start to Finish:1 hr 10 min
makes:24 servings

1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup teriyaki marinade and sauce
1/4 cup honey
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 lb chicken wing drummettes (about 24)

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9-inch pan with foil.
2. In 1-quart saucepan, heat all ingredients except chicken to boiling, stirring occasionally. Place chicken in pan; pour sauce over chicken.
3. Bake uncovered about 1 hour, turning chicken 2 to 3 times, until juice of chicken is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut.
4. Spray inside of 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place chicken in slow cooker. Cover and keep warm on Low heat setting up to 2 hours.

Nutritional Information
1 Serving: Calories 80 (Calories from Fat 15); Total Fat 1 1/2g (Saturated Fat 1/2g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 40mg; Sodium 200mg; Total Carbohydrate 8g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 7g); Protein 10g

Wednesday – Pulled pork sandwiches (crockpot) and lite cole slaw

Cook for half day | 10 min prep
2 ½-4 lbs shoulder pork roast
1/4 cup tomato ketchup
1 tablespoon dijon-style mustard
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
12 French rolls or sandwich buns (can use low calorie, high fiber rolls)

1. Place beef in slow cooker. Combine remaining ingredients, except rolls. Pour over meat. Cover and cook on Low 8 hours or overnight.

2. Shred beef by pulling it apart with 2 forks and add one cup sauce.
3. Reheat mixture in microwave or on stovetop and spoon BBQ beef onto warm, open-face rolls or buns. Top with additional warm sauce if desired.
Nutrition Information per Serving for BEEF: 298 Calories; 16g Fat; 18g Protein; 19g Carbohydrates; 1g Dietary Fiber; 3g; Cholesterol; 373mg Sodium.

Thursday – Chinese takout for D&M – Kids eat at grammie’s

Friday – Kids’/Mike’s choice – Denise Bunco


Saturday – Shrimp Fajitas, refried beans, homemade salsa (kid's will probably have free choice again tonight)

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

    * 4 whole wheat tortillas
    * 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
    * 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
    * 1/2 tsp cumin
    * 1 tsp chili powder
    * 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    * 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
    * 2 tsp canola oil
    * 1 medium, onion sliced vertically
    * 1 red or yellow pepper, deseeded and cut into strips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap tortillas in foil and warm them for 15 minutes.

Combine cilantro, lime juice, cumin, chili powder and garlic in a glass bowl. Add shrimp, stir well and marinate for 15 minutes.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet. Sauté onion and pepper for a 3-4 minutes, until softened. Remove vegetables from skillet and keep warm. Add shrimp with the marinade; sauté until just pink, about 3 minutes. Return vegetables to the skillet and cook for 1-2 more minutes, until heated through.

Spoon mixture on to warmed tortillas, top with fat-free sour cream and salsa as desired.

Serves 4.

Per Serving: Calories 312, Calories from Fat 51, total Fat 5.6g (sat 1g), Cholesterol 170mg, Sodium 555mg, Carbohydrate 36.9g, Fiber 4.4g, Protein 28.4g

Sunday – Sauteed Sausage & Pineapple tacos, homemade sweet salsa probably with pineapple?
http://www.kitchendaily.com/recipe/sauteed-sausage-and-pineapple-tacos-151455/#recipe-nutrition

 

the chix, pulled pork and shrimp recipes i took from chef jeremy on here...i found him last summer and went thru all his recipes and emailed the ones i thought i would like to myself...he is awesome and i am sooo glad he helped me get my healthy recipe binder started...

Progress pics...

so i have posted some pics before with mini successes....i will continue to post progress as i lose but today i decided to go back and look at some other older pics of me before i started my journey and do come side by side comparisons...

holy crap i have lost a BUNCH of weight, LOL, but more than that my WHOLE body shape has CHANGED!!!!!

this was in october 2005, my son was 1 and i weighed the same miserable 263lbs i did when i delivered him....263lbs was my ALL TIME EVER RECORDED HIGH WEIGHT....this pic was about 3wks after i started jenny craig - i got down to 190?? on jenny craig but then gained some back and then gained most back with my second pregnancy in 2007....


this was in january 2008, my daughter was 3.5months old and i was now 253.8lbs, this is when i started this journey to change my life....


this was may 2009 and i weighed around 216ish....


this was december 2009, almost 2 years after starting my journey, i weighed around 225ish....back up from earlier in the year...


this was june 2010 at my son's prek graduation...back down to 220ish...


this is october 2010....206ish....


this was february 2011 at my cousin's 40th bday party...i was 189ish.....


i still have a ways to go but i am celebrating every day the 65+lbs i have lost (75+ from my highest) and i will continue on this journey until i get there.....i guess the point of my post is dont harp on what you have left to do, rejoice in what you have done...who cares how long it takes....it's not coming back :)

Final Goal Reward???

I  have said a few times already that when I reach my goal weight I  am going to consider having a tummy tuck to get the body that I  feel I deserve...BUT besides the surgery I really haven't had a "FINAL GOAL REWARD" planned out.....not in my head, not on paper, not at all really....obviously, I'm going to need some new clothes lol but I dont see that as a reward so much as a necessity so I dont get arrested for indecent exposure :) so i'll get around to target or jcpenney or wherever I buy regular every day clothes....BUT this will not be my reward....

I came up with my reward this afternoon while I was on my lunch walk. I was walking around The Town of Palm Beach, specifically down Worth Avenue, the hoity toity well to do area like Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive....as I walked by the storefronts, I realized that when I get to my goal 140-150lbs, I'll be able to wear the clothes in these stores...I'm sure it will be the "largest" size they sell at an 8 or a 10 LOL but they will have it in stock....those who know me, know I am not a "palm beach" girl...I'm not hoity or fussy, I'm simple and plain and I like it that way...BUT there were some beautiful clothes in these windows and I just never in a million years imagined that I could actually walk into a store like that and buy something off the rack and have it fit, especially since it would probably cost me like a grand for a sweater or a dress or a top LOL...back to my goal reward LOL....

I have decided that when I reach my goal weight, I will treat myself to an ENTIRE day of pampering.  First I will start off on a shopping adventure either on Worth Ave or the Gardens Mall (at a fancy high end store) . I want to be treated like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, not when they knew she was a hooker, but when Edward brought her back and made them wait on her, LOL.

I want a pretty woman day.....I want to sit on white upholstered chairs and have shop girls bring me tea and all the clothes that they can possibly find that would "suit" me and my new body and then I want to try them all on and KNOW that some of them will fit and some of them will look amazing and I will only buy ONE perfect outfit, but I will have the knowledge that I CAN WEAR THIS BEAUTIFUL STUFF and I deserve to...

Then after I am tired from shopping I want to head to a full service spa for a massage and a facial and a pedicure and a manicure and hair styling...

Then I want to dress myself in the ONE PERFECT outfit from my day and have a BIG reveal with my friends and family, ala Biggest Loser, and SHOW off the me that I finally know I can be and have worked so hard to be.....

Yup, I'm gonna start planning this day....I have to figure out who I want to go shopping with me; who I want to go to the spa with me; who I want to invite to the big party to show off the new me....I'm going to start making a plan because I WILL GET THERE....I don't know exactly when but I WILL GET THERE!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm excited just thinking about this amazing day in the future and that is what is going to help push me thru the hard times.....This image of me, MEEEEEE, being ME.....

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